Blessing upon the Bearers of the Throne

A Supplication in Calling down Blessings upon the Bearers of the Throne and Every Angel Brought Nigh


O God,
          as for the Bearers of Thy Throne,47 who
           never flag in glorifying Thee,
           never become weary of calling Thee holy,
           never tire of worshipping Thee,
           never prefer curtailment over diligence in Thy command,
           and are never heedless of passionate love for Thee;


                     the Owner of the Trumpet,
                     fixed in his gaze,
                               awaiting Thy permission
                               and the descent of the Command,
                     that he may arouse through the Blast
                               the hostages thrown down in the graves;


                     possessor of standing with Thee
                     and a raised up place in Thy obedience;


                     entrusted with Thy revelation,
                     obeyed by the inhabitants of Thy heavens,
                     distinguished in Thy Presence,48
                     brought nigh to Thee;


           the spirit who is over the angels of the veils;49


           and the spirit
                     who is of Thy command50 -
           bless them and the angels below them:
           the residents in Thy heavens,
           those entrusted with Thy messages,


           those who become not wearied by perseverance,
                               or exhausted and flagged by toil,
                     whom passions distract not from glorifying Thee,
                     and whose magnification of Thee is never cut off
                               by the inattention of heedless moments;


                     their eyes lowered,
                               they do not attempt to look at Thee;
                     their chins bowed,
                               they have long desired what is with Thee;
                     unrestrained in mentioning Thy boons,
                               they remain humble before Thy mightiness
                               and the majesty of Thy magnificence;


           those who say when they look upon Gehenna
                     roaring over the people who disobeyed Thee:
                     'Glory be to Thee,
                     we have not worshipped Thee
                     with the worship Thou deservest!'


Bless them,
           and Thy angels who are the Reposeful,
           those of proximity to Thee,
           those who carry the unseen to Thy messengers,
           those entrusted with Thy revelation,


           the tribes of angels
                     whom Thou hast singled out for Thyself,
                     freed from need for food and drink by their calling Thee holy,
                     and made to dwell inside Thy heavens' layers,


           those who will stand upon the heavens' borders51
                     when the Command descends to complete Thy promise,


           the keepers of the rain,
           the drivers of the clouds,


           him at whose driving's sound is heard the rolling of thunder,
                     and when the reverberating clouds swim before his driving,
                     bolts of lightning flash;


           the escorts of snow and hail,
           the descenders with the drops of rain when they fall,
           the watchers over the treasuries of the winds,
           those charged with the mountains lest they disappear,


           those whom Thou hast taught the weights of the waters
                     and the measures contained by torrents and masses of rain;


           the angels who are Thy messengers to the people of the earth
                     with the disliked affliction that comes down
                     and the beloved ease;


           the devoted, noble scribes,52
           the watchers, noble writers,53
           the angel of death and his helpers,
           Munkar and Nakir,54
           Rumaan, the tester in the graves,55
           the circlers of the Inhabited House,56
           Malik57 and the guardians,
           Ridwan58 and the gatekeepers of the gardens,


           those who disobey not God in What He commands them
                     and do What they are commanded;59


           those who say, Peace be upon you, for that you were patient
                     - and fair is the Ultimate Abode;60


           the Zabaniya, who, when it is said to them,
                     take him, and fetter him,
                               then roast him in hell,61
                     hasten to accomplish it,
                               nor do they give him any respite;62


           him whom we have failed to mention,
                     not knowing his place with Thee,
                     nor with which command Thou hast charged him;


           and the residents in the air, the earth, and the water,
                     and those of them charged over the creatures;


           bless them on the day when every soul will come,
                     with it a driver and a witness,63


           and bless them with a blessing that will add
                     honour to their honour
                     and purity to their purity.


O God,
           and when Thou blessest Thy angels and Thy messengers
           and Thou extendest our blessings to them,
           bless us through the good words about them
                     which Thou hast opened up for us!
           Thou art Munificent, Generous.